CNN: FBI refused White House request to knock down recent Trump-Russia stories

CNN: FBI refused White House request to knock down recent Trump-Russia stories

By Jim Sciutto, Evan Perez, Shimon Prokupecz, Manu Raju and Pamela Brown, CNN 7:03 PM ET, Thu February 23, 2017 Washington (CNN) The FBI rejected a recent White House request to publicly knock down media reports about communications between Donald Trump’s associates and Russians known to US intelligence during the 2016 presidential campaign, multiple US officials […]

CNN: Trump lawyer pushed pro-Russia deal for Ukraine, politician claims

CNN: Trump lawyer pushed pro-Russia deal for Ukraine, politician claims

By Nick Paton Walsh, Salma Abdelaziz & Victoria Butenko, Feb. 23, 2017 Kiev, Ukraine (CNN) The setting was a Manhattan restaurant, and after 25 minutes what allegedly emerged was a pro-Russian peace plan for Ukraine that its author believes may have ended up in the White House. CLICK IMAGE for direct link to video. In a CNN interview, Ukrainian lawmaker […]

Rachel Maddow: Pursuit of shady oligarch a test of DOJ integrity under Trump

Rachel Maddow: Pursuit of shady oligarch a test of DOJ integrity under Trump

THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW 2/20/17  Rachel Maddow reports on the murky overlap between Ukrainian oligarch Dmitry Firtash, Vladimir Putin, and the Donald Trump campaign and alerts viewers to watch for whether the Department of Justice under Trump continues to pursue a case against Firtash. Duration: 21:00 CLICK IMAGE for direct link to story.

NBC News: Russia Compiles Psychological Dossier on Trump for Putin

NBC News: Russia Compiles Psychological Dossier on Trump for Putin

by BILL NEELY FEB 20 2017, 6:10 PM ET MOSCOW — A dossier on Donald Trump’s psychological makeup is being prepared for Russian President Vladimir Putin.  Among its preliminary conclusions is that the new American leader is a risk-taker who can be naïve, according to a senior Kremlin adviser.   CLICK IMAGE for direct link to story. […]

Newsweek: NSC OFFICIAL CRAIG DEARE FIRED FOR CRITICIZING TRUMP: REPORTS

Newsweek: NSC OFFICIAL CRAIG DEARE FIRED FOR CRITICIZING TRUMP: REPORTS

BY NICHOLAS LOFFREDO ON 2/19/17 AT 4:30 PM  A Trump administration official has been fired for remarks made behind closed doors that were critical of President Donald Trump’s policies and advisers, reports say.  Craig Deare, who was appointed to head the National Security Council’s (NSC) Western Hemisphere division, was escorted out of the Executive Office Building in […]

NYT: A Back-Channel Plan for Ukraine and Russia, Courtesy of Trump Associates

NYT: A Back-Channel Plan for Ukraine and Russia, Courtesy of Trump Associates

By MEGAN TWOHEY and SCOTT SHANE FEB. 19, 2017 A week before Michael T. Flynn resigned as national security adviser, a sealed proposal was hand-delivered to his office, outlining a way for President Trump to lift sanctions against Russia. Mr. Flynn is gone, having been caught lying about his own discussion of sanctions with the Russian ambassador. But the […]

NYT: Trump’s Dual Roles Collide With Openings in Dubai and Vancouver

NYT: Trump’s Dual Roles Collide With Openings in Dubai and Vancouver

By BEN HUBBARD, ERIC LIPTON, DAN LEVIN and RICHARD C. PADDOCK FEB. 18, 2017 DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The well-heeled guests strolled up red carpeted steps and through lines of smiling young women to reach the newest outpost in President Trump’s international business empire. At the Saturday night opening of the clubhouse of the Trump International Golf Club, Dubai, guests […]

Reuters: U.S. inquiries into Russian election hacking include three FBI probes

Reuters: U.S. inquiries into Russian election hacking include three FBI probes

By Joseph Menn | SAN FRANCISCO Sat Feb 18, 2017 4:30 pm The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation is pursuing at least three separate probes relating to alleged Russian hacking of the U.S. presidential elections, according to five current and former government officials with direct knowledge of the situation. While the fact that the FBI is investigating had been […]

AP: Scott Pruitt confirmed as EPA chief over environmentalists’ objections

AP: Scott Pruitt confirmed as EPA chief over environmentalists’ objections

By MICHAEL BIESECKER The Associated Press Updated February 17, 2017 at 11:11 pm WASHINGTON (AP) — Over the strong objections of environmental groups, the Senate confirmed Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency on Friday, giving President Donald Trump an eager partner to fulfill his campaign pledge to increase the use of planet-warming fossil fuels. CLICK IMAGE […]

NBC News: Scott Pruitt, President Trump’s EPA Nominee, Ordered to Release Thousands of Emails

NBC News: Scott Pruitt, President Trump’s EPA Nominee, Ordered to Release Thousands of Emails

by PHIL McCAUSLAND FEB 16 2017, 9:26 PM ET On the eve of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s confirmation vote to be head of the Environmental Protection Agency, a judge from the Sooner State ordered the release of thousands of emails between his office and fossil fuel companies. CLICK IMAGES for link to story & video. Oklahoma […]

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